Diabetes SA's Health Professional Seminar 2019

This seminar brings you three experts in their fields focusing on three of the biggest challenges in diabetes complications, prevention and management. Aspects of eye, heart and kidney health will be under the microscope, with the aim of building health professional's knowledge of the importance of early detection of these complications and how to best manage complications in your patients for better health outcomes.

Challenging Complications

Kidney Health & Diabetes

Laura Lunardi, Nephrology Nurse Practitioner, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Laura will present and discuss on the connecting link between chronic kidney disease (CKD) and diabetes, the major risk factors for developing chronic kidney disease, determining the stage of chronic kidney disease through accurate interpretation of kidney function test results and outline the adverse outcomes of a combined Diabetes and CKD diagnosis.

Heart Health & Diabetes

Joanne Tan, PhD, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Heart & Vascular Health Program

Dr. Joanne Tan is a senior postdoctoral researcher within the Heart & Vascular Health Program, Lifelong Health Theme at the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Her research program focusses on identifying novel therapeutic targets to relieve the debilitating effects of diabetic vascular complications.

Joanne will present data on molecular regulators that contribute to diabetes-impaired responses to ischaemia-driven angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels; and discuss the potential impact of novel biomarkers that may reflect severity of diabetic vascular complications.

Eye care & Diabetes

Ben Hamlyn, Optometrist – Flinders Vision

Ben is the most recent addition to the Optometry Australia national member support and policy advisor. Previously he was part of the teaching and research team at Flinders University School of Optometry where his main area of research is in improving eye-care delivery for those that are currently under-serviced.

Ben will present on; Diabetic eye disease – past, present and future. A look at what is currently happening in diabetic eye disease management and what the future might hold.

Event details

  • Date: Friday 24 May 2019
  • Time: 9.30am–12.30pm
  • Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre, Riverbank Rooms, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Cost: This seminar is FREE to health professionals. A certificate of attendance will be provided. Includes a morning tea.


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